2018 V.League 1
|Dates||10 March – 8 October|
4th VL1 title
4th Vietnamese title
|AFC Champions League||Hanoi FC|
|AFC Cup||Becamex Binh Duong|
|Goals scored||541 (2.97 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ganiyu Oseni (16 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Hanoi FC 5–0 Hoang Anh Gia Lai |
FLC Thanh Hoa 5–0 Quang Nam FC
Ho Chi Minh City FC 5–0 Saigon FC
|Biggest away win||SHB Danang 0–4 Hanoi FC |
|Highest scoring||9 goals |
Hanoi FC 6–3 Ho Chi Minh City FC
|Longest winning run||8 matches |
Song Lam Nghe An
|Longest unbeaten run||13 matches |
|Longest winless run||14 matches |
Ho Chi Minh City FC
|Longest losing run||7 matches |
|Highest attendance||22,000 |
Nam Dinh FC 0–0 XSKT Cantho
|Lowest attendance||0 |
Nam Dinh FC 1–1 Quang Nam FC
2019 →All statistics correct as of complete.
The 2018 V.League 1 season (for sponsorship reasons also known as Nuti Café V.League 1) was the 62nd season of the V.League 1, the highest division of Football in Vietnam. The season started on 10 March 2018 and ran until 8 October 2018. It was expected to be known as the Toyota V.League 1, however, in December 2017 Toyota ended their sponsorship deal with the Vietnam Football Federation one year early.
Changes from last season
The following teams have changed division since the 2017 season.
To V.League 1
Promoted from V.League 2
From V.League 1
Relegated to V.League 2
Due to the increased number of teams in 2018 V.League 2 (10), there will be 1.5 relegation places in the 2018 V.League 1 season - the team finishing 14th will be relegated automatically, whilst the team finishing 13th will play a two-legged play-off against the team that finishes second in the 2018 V.League 2.
The league will continue to operate the "2+1" foreigner rule, meaning each squad shall be allowed 2 non-Vietnamese players and 1 naturalised Vietnamese. FLC Thanh Hoa and Song Lam Nghe An shall be allowed 3 non-Vietnamese players, 1 naturalised Vietnamese and 1 player from Asia because they will participate in AFC Cup.
|Becamex Binh Duong||Binh Duong||Go Dau||13,035||VL1 (11th)|
|XSKT Cantho||Cantho||Cantho||60,000||VL1 (13th)|
|SHB Danang||Danang||Hoa Xuan||20,000||VL1 (9th)|
|Hoang Anh Gia Lai||Gia Lai||Pleiku||12,000||VL1 (10th)|
|Haiphong FC||Haiphong||Lach Tray||25,000||VL1 (7th)|
|Hanoi FC||Hanoi||Hang Day||22,500||VL1 (3rd)|
|Ho Chi Minh City FC||Ho Chi Minh City||Thong Nhat||16,000||VL1 (12th)|
|Saigon FC||VL1 (5th)|
|Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN||Khanh Hoa||19 August||25,000||VL1 (6th)|
|Nam Dinh FC||Nam Dinh||Thien Truong||30,000||VL2 (1st)|
|Song Lam Nghe An||Nghe An||Vinh||18,000||VL1 (8th)|
|Quang Nam FC||Quang Nam||Tam Ky||15,000||VL1 (1st)|
|Than Quang Ninh||Quang Ninh||Cam Pha||20,000||VL1 (4th)|
|FLC Thanh Hoa||Thanh Hoa||Thanh Hoa||12,000||VL1 (2nd)|
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|FLC Thanh Hoa||Ljupko Petrović||Resigned||28 November 2017||Pre-season||Marian Mihail||15 December 2017|
|SHB Danang||Le Huynh Duc||25 November 2017||Nguyen Minh Phuong||28 December 2017|
|XSKT Cantho||Vu Quang Bao||Sacked||25 November 2017||Dinh Hong Vinh||25 December 2017|
|Saigon FC||Nguyen Duc Thang||Out of contract||31 January 2018||Phan Van Tai Em||3 April 2018|
|FLC Thanh Hoa||Marian Mihail||Mutual consent||7 April 2018||7th||Hoang Thanh Tung||7 April 2018|
|FLC Thanh Hoa||Hoang Thanh Tung||Demote||3 May 2018||7th||Nguyen Duc Thang||3 May 2018|
|Saigon FC||Phan Van Tai Em||Resigned||28 June 2018||16th||Nguyen Thanh Cong||29 June 2018|
|XSKT Cantho||Dinh Hong Vinh||?||26 July 2018||20th||Vu Quang Bao||31 July 2018|
- ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs after first leg or be replaced because of injuries.
- ^INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Hanoi FC (C)||26||20||4||2||72||30||+42||64||Qualification for the|
AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2[a]
|2||FLC Thanh Hoa||26||13||7||6||43||29||+14||46|
|3||Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN (Q)||26||11||10||5||33||27||+6||43||Qualification to|
Mekong Club Championship
|4||Song Lam Nghe An||26||12||6||8||38||32||+6||42|
|5||Than Quang Ninh||26||9||8||9||40||39||+1||35|
|7||Becamex Binh Duong[b] (Q)||26||7||12||7||39||36||+3||33||Qualification to|
AFC Cup Group Stage
|10||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||26||8||7||11||41||53||−12||31|
|11||Quang Nam FC||26||7||10||9||37||45||−8||31|
|12||Ho Chi Minh City FC||26||7||6||13||36||44||−8||27|
|13||Nam Dinh FC (O)||26||5||9||12||33||45||−12||24||Qualification to Relegation Play-off|
|14||XSKT Cantho (R)||26||4||9||13||26||43||−17||21||Relegation to V.League 2|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Away goals scored; 9) Play-off (Only to decide champions, runners-up, third placed and relegation spots); 10) Drawing of lots (Criteria 2 to 5 only applies after the conclusion of round 13)
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (Q) Qualified for the phase indicated; (R) Relegated
- ^ If Hanoi cannot qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage, they will enter the AFC Cup group stage.
- ^ Becamex Binh Duong qualified to 2019 AFC Cup by winning 2018 Vietnamese Cup
Positions by round
This table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve the chronological evolution, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.
|Winner; Champions League|
|Relegate to V.League 2|
The team finishing 13th faced the runner-up of 2018 V.League 2.
Nam Dinh FC won the match and would remain in the 2019 V.League 1.
|Nam Dinh FC||0–0||Hanoi II|
- As of 8 October 2018
|1||Nam Dinh FC||158,000||22,000||0||12,154||+69.6%†|
|3||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||104,500||12,000||4,000||8,038||−4.1%|
|4||FLC Thanh Hoa||96,000||13,000||1,000||7,385||−20.0%|
|6||Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN||81,000||15,000||2,000||6,231||+26.6%|
|8||Quang Nam FC||67,000||12,000||1,000||5,154||−19.8%|
|9||Song Lam Nghe An||66,500||10,000||1,500||5,115||+19.8%|
|10||Than Quang Ninh||64,000||8,000||2,000||4,923||−28.1%|
|12||Becamex Binh Duong||58,000||18,000||1,500||4,462||+28.9%|
|13||Ho Chi Minh City FC||55,000||12,000||2,000||4,231||−15.4%|
Updated to games played on complete
Source: Vietnam Professional Football
† Teams played previous season in V.League 2
|Round||Total||Games||Avg. Per Game|
|Rank||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance||Date||Stadium|
|1||Nam Dinh FC||0–0||XSKT Cantho||22,000||11 March 2018||Thien Truong Stadium|
|2||Haiphong FC||1–1||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||21,000||17 March 2018||Lach Tray Stadium|
|3||Hanoi FC||5–0||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||20,000||5 April 2018||Hang Day Stadium|
|4||Becamex Binh Duong||3–3||FLC Thanh Hoa||18,000||15 April 2018||Go Dau Stadium|
|5||Nam Dinh FC||0–1||Haiphong FC||17,000||22 March 2018||Thien Truong Stadium|
|0–2||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||28 September 2018|
|Pham Van Thuan||Nam Dinh FC||Ho Chi Minh City FC||5|
|Ho Tan Tai||Becamex Binh Duong||FLC Thanh Hoa|
|Thiago Papel||Quang Nam FC||Becamex Binh Duong||7|
|Trinh Van Loi||Haiphong FC||Than Quang Ninh||10|
|Michael Olaha||Song Lam Nghe An||SHB Danang||11|
|Nguyen Thanh Binh||SHB Danang||Song Lam Nghe An||22|
|Oseni Ganiyu||Hanoi FC||SHB Danang||4–0(A)||14 April 2018||5|
|Ha Minh Tuan||Quang Nam FC||Nam Dinh FC||5–2(H)||26 May 2018||9|
|Nguyen Tien Linh 4||Becamex Binh Duong||Saigon FC||5–1(H)||29 May 2018||10|
|Eydison||Than Quang Ninh||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||3–0(H)||9 June 2018||12|
|Dominique Da Sylva 4||Saigon FC||Hanoi FC||5–2(H)||17 June 2018||14|
|Hoang Vu Samson 4||Hanoi FC||Ho Chi Minh City FC||6–3(H)||8 July 2018||18|
|Dinh Thanh Trung||Quang Nam FC||Becamex Binh Duong||4–4(H)|
|Nguyen Tien Linh||Becamex Binh Duong||Quang Nam FC||4–4(A)|
|Matías Jadue||Ho Chi Minh City FC||SHB Danang||4–2(H)||14 July 2018||19|
|Rimario Gordon||FLC Thanh Hoa||Hoang Anh Gia Lai||3–0(A)||9 September 2018||21|
|Nguyen Hai Anh||Ho Chi Minh City FC||Saigon FC||5–0(H)||19 September 2018||23|
4: scored 4 goals; (H) – Home ; (A) – Away
|1||Nguyen Van Cong||Hanoi FC||8|
|2||Dang Van Lam||Haiphong FC||7|
|3||Nguyen Tuan Manh||Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN||6|
|Huynh Tuan Linh||Than Quang Ninh|
|5||Pham Van Cuong||Quang Nam FC||5|
|Month||Club of the Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Goal of the Month||References|
|March||Than Quang Ninh||Phan Thanh Hung||Than Quang Ninh||Eydison||Than Quang Ninh||Luong Xuan Truong||Hoang Anh Gia Lai|||
|April||Hanoi FC||Chu Dinh Nghiem||Hanoi FC||Oseni Ganiyu||Hanoi FC||Ha Duc Chinh||SHB Danang|||
|May||Hanoi||Tran Minh Chien||Becamex Binh Duong||Nguyen Tien Linh||Becamex Binh Duong||Nguyen Cong Phuong||Hoang Anh Gia Lai|
|June||Hanoi||Nguyen Duc Thang||FLC Thanh Hoa||Nguyen Quang Hai||Hanoi FC||Tran Minh Phuong||Hoang Anh Gia Lai|
|V.League 1 Manager of the Season||Chu Dinh Nghiem||Hanoi FC|
|V.League 1 Player of the Season||Nguyen Van Quyet||Hanoi FC|
|V.League 1 Top Goalscorer||Ganiyu Oseni||Hanoi FC|
|V.League 1 Young Player of the Year||Nguyen Quang Hai||Hanoi FC|
|V.League 1 Referee of the Year||Ngo Duy Lan|
|V.League 1 Assistant Referee of the Year||Phạm Manh Long|
Team of the Year
|VPF Team of the Year|
|Goalkeeper||Dang Van Lam (Haiphong FC)|
|Defence||Vu Van Thanh|| Do Duy Manh
|Chaher Zarour|| Doan Van Hau
|Midfield|| Nguyen Quang Hai
|Ngo Hoang Thinh|| Moses Oloya
|Nghiem Xuan Tu|
|Attack||Nguyen Cong Phuong|| Nguyen Van Quyet
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